Nov Retreat: “The Food Was Fantastic”

I am one of two seventh graders in this program, and the second is older than me. Therefore I came to this retreat knowing that I am the youngest one here, with everyone else at least a year older than me. I only had one good friend, knowing some other people through my brother or from meeting them briefly. You’ve probably guessed by now that I was freaking out. It turns out I had nothing to worry about.

The first thing we did lasted till around dinner, with short breaks incorporated in. We were sharing our pitches. I think it’s safe to say it was really long, not to mention I was super nervous, having to talk in front of high schoolers. Finally it was my turn. There’s not a lot to say. I was shaking, but I did it anyway and was done. By this point I was feeling O.K. since I had had a chance to meet some people.

The food was fantastic. I don’t want to dwell to long, but wow, that food is good. I had a wrap for lunch, and delicious pizza for dinner. The next day I had a cinnamon bun and fruit for breakfast and some kind of indian meal for lunch.

After dinner we decided the groups. I am in a group with all people I know vaguely, and we all live in the same town. This was really good for me because it helped me feel like I belonged somewhere, like I had friends. I was feeling a lot less stressed because of it.

After that we had some down time. I was hanging out in the Eco Lodge. More and more people were showing up. Eventually someone started a pun war, saying they were the best. It was him against another guy, until more and more people joined in to beat the “best”. It was hysterical. After that settled down a girl I already kinda knew invited me and a bunch of other people to play a trivia game. We were all really tired and getting a little crazy, so it turned into a really funny game. That was so much fun. We played two games before settling down and going to bed. I was surprised at how nice the rooms were, and how comfy the bed was.

The next morning we had breakfast and started working with our groups almost right away. We came up with a plan for the next two months and started talking about what we were going to try to accomplish. That basically brings me to where I am now.



Megan Balparda

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